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Rebecca Carroll

Senior Correspondent Before joining Government Executive’s editing team, Rebecca Carroll wrote and edited for The Associated Press in Washington, New York and Bangkok, and for National Geographic News. She also was a Peace Corps volunteer in China, where she returned to study at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in English and Philosophy.
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Citing Anthrax and Smallpox Scares, White House Tells Federal Labs to Take Stock

4:46 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow After recent mishandling of potentially deadly pathogens, the White House is urging all federal laboratories to conduct what it is calling a “safety stand-down,” security and science officials announced Thursday. Agencies that handle infectious agents or toxins have been asked to complete overviews of their programs within 30 days of ...

It's Official: White House CTO Todd Park Leaves Post to Recruit Tech Talent from Silicon Valley

3:44 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow Todd Park is leaving his job as the second-ever federal chief technology officer to assume new duties -- including recruiting tech talent for government -- from California, the White House confirmed Thursday. From his new job as a Silicon Valley-based technology adviser to the president, Park will continue to look ...

Patent Office Telework Scandal Not Really About Telework

August 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Revelations of unprofessional behavior within the Patent and Trademark Office’s award-winning work-from-home program have been described as “telework abuses” by investigators and lawmakers -- despite a lack of details specifically linking the problems to telework, mobile work advocates say. They were abuses, sure. Fundamentally telework-related? Not so much, they say. ...

Under Further Scrutiny, Obamacare Website Gets CEO

August 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The HealthCare.gov website on Tuesday got an official leader, the same day the health agency’s auditor published the first in a series of reports on the contracts involved in the federal health insurance marketplace. As the new marketplace CEO, Kevin Counihan will be responsible for the federal site, which serves ...

Why is LinkedIn So Popular With Employees of the US Army?

August 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More LinkedIn users list the U.S. Army as their current employer than any organization besides IBM and Hewlett-Packard, according to the professional networking website. Some 231,973 users had self-affiliated with the Army as of Monday, according to the site. In addition to active military and civilian employees, LinkedIn users who ...

When NASA Moves Its Websites to the Cloud, Everyone Watches

August 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A project to move NASA websites and applications to the cloud has successfully migrated over 1 million pieces of content, completing its first phase, managers announced. NASA.gov was among more than 100 sites and apps that made it to the Amazon Web Services-powered cloud in the project’s first 22 weeks, ...

Turtle Power: Sensors Give Hatchlings a Chance in Hatteras

August 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Park Service is hoping remote sensors will allow it to protect sea turtle hatchlings while keeping the beach open a little more often on Hatteras Island, North Carolina. Currently, when officials spot a nest, they close off a 10-meter-by-10-meter area around it for the first 50 days of ...

Is This a Different Kind of HealthCare.gov Contract?

August 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A few days before a report reamed Obamacare officials for poor contracting practices, the government announced another cloud computing procurement for HealthCare.gov -- this one based on lessons learned, it said. In some ways, the contract looks like those that have come before -- the follow-ons, scope expansions and re-ups ...

Is Anyone at Your Agency Editing Wikipedia?

July 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Twitter bot recently set up to tweet out when people anonymously edit Wikipedia from congressional IP addresses has inspired a conversation among feds about how agencies should approach the online encyclopedia, according to a DigitalGov blog post. After anonymous edits were broadcast by the Twitter bot and picked up ...

Why Federal IT Reform Is Getting Cheaper

July 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The latest plans to overhaul how the government buys and manages information technology are significantly less expensive than the ideas that circulated last year, according to nonpartisan projections. The version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act currently making its way through the Senate would cost $30 million over five ...